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Favorite Female Painters?

by mize , July 15, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Women Artists, art education, inspiration, painting, teaching art

One of the tasks I__™ve been working on over the summer break is modifying the Daily Dose writing assignments for the painting classes, which are taught by another teacher and me. We are planning to put the entire semesters worth of assignments online at our respective teacher homepages and the students can complete them weekly at their leisure. We will then discuss the each weeks artists every Friday. This should free up a significant amount of class time daily and still allow us to incorporate the invaluable art history component. I__™m pretty excited to see how it all plays out during the course of the semester.

While I was busy retooling the semesters worth of writing assignments, I had another idea that I wanted to add into the mix. I would like to incorporate a significant female painter into every week of the assignment. I__™m well aware of the lack of attention many female artists receive in comparison to their male counterparts. I believe it would be a great motivation to the girls in our classes to see a noteworthy woman artist each week with the likes of Picasso, Rembrandt, Goya.

To further illustrate the deficient attention women artists often receive, it occurred to me that, off the top of my head, I could only come up with a handful of names. I__™ve been doing some searching around for classic and contemporary artists that would be good to feature, but it was my wife__™s brilliant idea to put this challenge to the Artid community. So who are some of your favorite female painters that you think would make a good addition to a weekly art history assignment for high school painters. If you have favorite images from these artists as well, all the better.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions___

Image Credit: Elizabeth Murray, Bop, 2002-03




  Michael Mize ( homepage )

07/15/2009 * 22:31:20

Thanks Jackie and Kelly for the responses. And Kelly, I'm especially excited about the website you mentioned. It looks absolutely fantastic! Can't wait to share it with the other art teachers at school.


  ArtId Staff ( homepage )

07/15/2009 * 16:10:15

Mike--thank you so much for this blog. It brought about that FABULOUS link from Kelly! I think you got exactly what you were looking for and plenty for your "daily dose." Thank you, Kelly!



  Kelly Marszycki ( homepage )

07/15/2009 * 15:58:46

Mize -- Great idea!

Here's a few off the top of my head and may already be on yoru list: Helen Frankenthaler, Artemesia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot, Georgia O'Keefe, Elizabeth LeBrun --

Here is a great site, very comprehensive and broken down by time periods:

Good luck!


  Jackie Griswold

07/14/2009 * 21:27:47

Lee Krasner comes to mind as does Jay DeFeo and Sonia Gechtoff. Krasner is well know, the others perhaps less so. I'm studying Abstract Expressionism of late, hence these names. DeFeo and Gechtoff were of the San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism. Some of DeFeo's images can be found at, and some of Gechtoff's work can be found at the Pollock-Krasner Foundation website

I love your plan to post this information online for your classes. You can provide links to images so you don't have to hold the images in your course.

Good luck with your course.

Jackie Griswold

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